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E-ticketing to come online in Q3

Vietnamís two domestic airlines - Vietnam Airlines and Pacific Airlines are scheduled to start sales of electronic air tickets from the third quarter of this year.

Vietnam Airlines (VNA) said its e-ticketing service would first be available for air routes from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City and on routes to central Danang by late this year.

The sales of e-tickets for international flights are set to begin earlier next year.

Trinh Hong Quang of the VNA Passenger Marketing Board said e-tickets would account for 5.4 percent of VNA tickets in 2006 and the airlines planned to raise this ratio to 41 percent the next year.

E-ticket could help VNA cut expenditures of as much as US$800,000 in the first two years, Quang said.

The selling of electronic air tickets in Vietnam is in accordance with the International Air Transport Association (IATA)ís itinerary of implementing e-ticketing service worldwide.

Accordingly, e-tickets will replace paper tickets through the IATA Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP) as from 2008.

BSP is a system for computerized processing of accounts between Agents and airlines on a country-by-country basis. Agents deal with all airlines through one central point - the BSP - rather than having to deal with each individual airline.
BSP is a standardized system for airlines and agents, providing them with a simplified approach to the selling, reporting and administration of passenger air transportation.

Quang said VNA considered selling e-tickets together increasing average flying time as two important solutions to help the airline mark down air ticket costs in the near future.

Although e-ticketing is popular worldwide, domestic airlines worry that Vietnamís cash based society will prove an obstacle, meaning paper tickets will be around for a while.

Source: Nguoi Lao Dong Ė Translated by Thu Thuy - 28 July


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